Bolton Flats WMA–Pine Hill Rd. Grasslands, Worcester, Massachusetts, US

Jun 22, 2024 5:49 AM – 11:04 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Checklist Comments:    Brookline Bird Club -Pine Hill Rd. Grassland – Leader: Kathy Dia – Misty weather early, and mild temperatures, upper 60’s to low 70’s F, after a very hot week (upper 90’s F ). We had a large number of Grasshopper Sparrows, but no Vesper Sparrows. The surprise of the day was a young Black Bear on Pine Hill Rd. as we walked to the pond near the entrance! One person in the group mentioned that this is the time of year that two-year old males disperse from their mother, and perhaps that was the case with this bear.

48 species

Mourning Dove  3

Chimney Swift  2

Killdeer  1

Great Blue Heron  3

Osprey  1

Cooper’s Hawk  1    Calling repeatedly near the entrance.

Belted Kingfisher  1    flyover

Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2

Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  2

Eastern Kingbird  1

Warbling Vireo  3

Red-eyed Vireo  1    Before the walk

Blue Jay  3

Black-capped Chickadee  1

Tufted Titmouse  1

Bank Swallow  4    Could be using the sand quarry banks

Tree Swallow  14

Barn Swallow  1

White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1

European Starling  6

Gray Catbird  1

Eastern Bluebird  7

Hermit Thrush  1

Wood Thrush  1

American Robin  2

Cedar Waxwing  6

American Goldfinch  7

Grasshopper Sparrow  13    Conservative count. Four seen at once.

Chipping Sparrow  12

Field Sparrow  5

Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  2

Song Sparrow  1    Before walk near the pond

Eastern Towhee  11

Bobolink  1    Spotted by Laura, in a tall pine shortly before the sand pile. Maybe the first that I have seen here, though it certainly seems like appropriate habitat.

Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  2    At the pond

Brown-headed Cowbird  5

Ovenbird  2

Black-and-white Warbler  1    Singing the tall pines  near the sand pile

Common Yellowthroat  3

American Redstart  4    Two pairs by the pond at the entrance.

Pine Warbler  3

Prairie Warbler  10

Northern Cardinal  2

Indigo Bunting  5

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